Volunteers – Celebrating People in Action!

April 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm 2 comments


President Obama and Governor Schwarzenegger have proclaimed April 19-25, 2009 as “National Volunteer Week” to celebrate the contributions of those who generously give of their time and talents to improve their communities. At their meeting this evening, April 21, Mayor Frank Scotto and the Torrance City Council took the opportunity to honor the many volunteers who provide much needed assistance to the residents of Torrance.

The impact of volunteers on the City and the community cannot be overestimated – from the Torrance Amateur Radio Association (TARA) volunteers who assist Police and Fire Department personnel during times of disaster, to the many volunteers who help to make the Torrance Certified Farmer’s Market the best in the South Bay, to the Torrance Public Library Words on Wheels (WOW) volunteers who deliver books and other library materials to individuals with disabilities or illness, and others who are unable to visit our libraries. These volunteers and countless others greatly enrich the quality of life for all those who live, work, and play in the City.

For those of us who work at the Library, we would like to say a special thank you and express our deepest gratitude to all those individuals who contribute their time and efforts on the Library’s behalf. Here is a small sampling of some of the many activities and tasks that volunteers accomplish at the Library:
Friends of the Torrance Library volunteers accept donated books and other materials, sort, price, and make them available for purchase through booksales at the Library and via the Internet.
Torrance Public Library Foundation Board members raise money to fund capital projects such as building renovations, a Homework Center at Southeast Library, and Live Homework Help an on-line homework assistance program accessible from the Library’s Internet website.
South Bay Cities Genealogical Society volunteers provide free genealogy assistance for the general public twice weekly at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library.
Local high school students act as homework helpers and assist students to complete their homework assignments during after-school hours at most Torrance Public Library branches.
South Bay Literacy Council tutors work one-one-one with adults to help them learn to read.
ASSIST techonology trainers work one-on-one with individuals with disabilities to help them learn how to use adaptive technology in the Library’s ASSIST center.

If you are a Boomer who wishes to become civically engaged, there are many more volunteer opportunities available through the Library and the City of Torrance. The LINK project will periodically be profiling some of these opportunities so check this blog often as we update our information.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Interview with Councilman Cliff Numark « LINK Logs  |  September 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    […] Numark emphasizes that “Volunteers can do absolutely amazing things!” Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Library and locally in the South […]

  • 2. fuddyduddy  |  September 4, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Looks like the City and the Libary have some good opportunities for volunteering


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